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ownopenidserver is a small and very own OpenID server for your site.

Application can work as standalone web server (you can use it for testing and development puproses) as well as CGI or FastCGI application. While running, application provides two basic services.

  • OpenID provider for those consumers (relying parties) which you want to be authenticated in.
  • Web interfaces for management your personal account.

ownopenidserver relies on and depends on these external modules:

  • python-openid for sure
  • web.py provides lihgtweight HTTP and CGI inteface and web framework
  • flup provides FastCGI interface for web.py
  • Jinja2 is used as a HTML templating library for management interface
  • html5lib is a helper library to parse hCard microformat of your homepage.

Initial setup

Before starting using this server as your main provider, probably you'd like to play with it a little.

So, make sure that all mentioned dependenices are installed and then type

cd openidserver
python ./openidserver.py

Thanks to web2py leverage, the server will be launched with default settings on a port 8080 listening all your interfaces.

Follow http://localhost:8080/ URL. After the first setup there is only one "log in" link leading to http://localhost:8080/account/login . You can login with an empty password and after that a nice looking page suggests that you eliminated such a large security breach by providing secure password.

Congratulations, your own openidserver initial configuration completed!

Configuration and settings

By default, once started the server uses directory sstore to save your account's password hash, list of trusted OpenID consumers, associations (shared secrets between your provider and OpenID relying parties), etc. If you want to reset your settings, just type from the directory where you have launched your app:

rm -rf sstore/*

You can override some application settings to make sure it works smoothly in your environment. Open openidserver/openidserver.py file and scoll down to the bottom. There is a number of settings there:

  • ROOT_STORE: directory name with all your settings. Path is relative to application's current working directory and points to sstore directory by default
  • TEMPLATES is the directory where Jinja2 HTML templates reside ('templates' by default)
  • TRUST_ROOT_STORE, SESSION_STORE and PASSWORD_STORE are three variables which points to different subdirectories in ROOT_STORE. Providing that ROOT_STORE is defined, you can just left them untouched, unless you have a really good reason for doing so.

Next, if you wish to redefine those variables, the right way is to create a simple launching script which can looks like presented below:

#!/usr/bin/env python
from openidserver import openidserver
ROOT_STORE = 'your/path/to/store'
TEMPLATES = 'your/path/to/templates'

TRUST_ROOT_STORE = os.path.join(ROOT_STORE, 'trust_root')
SESSION_STORE = os.path.join(ROOT_STORE, 'sessions')

Don't forget to install the application first, so that Python interpreter could find the openidserver package.

Because of web.py magic, this script can be used as standalone web-server, CGI or FastCGI application.

What to include on your website page

Suppose you're the owner of domain example.com and you want to authenticate yourself in this role. Assume also, that you have successfully launched ownopenidserver at http://id.example.com (by the way, there is nothing wrong to place your provider not on a subdomain, but on another address in the same domain, like "http://example.com/openid").

To achieve your goal, you should edit your website page accessible at http://example.com/ URL and include in its <head> just one tag:

<link rel="openid.server" href="http://id.example.com/endpoint">

You can also add to your page extra personal data in hCard format. Your ownopenidserver visits your page every time a consumer want to get more info about you identity.

Project homepage

Visit http://ownopenidserver.com for more details.

Bugs and suggestions

Please report any bugs you have found to Vladimir S Eremin (aka yottatsa) me@yottatsa.name. Suggestions are also appreciated.